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HPC WAVES : High Performance Computing of WavesSenior Chair with partnership E2S-UPPA

Senior Chair

Senior chairs are directed towards well recognised mid-career scientists, typically with an experience of 5-15 years after their Ph.D. Faculty members of E2S UPPA can apply, but new faculty members can be recruited too. In this case, they are offered a five-year tenure track appointment. Senior chairs should involve public of private partnerships allowing for shared supports with E2S UPPA. Within each chair, scientific projects are addressed by a group composed of three doctoral students and two to four permanent researchers. Additional money is also provided for direct costs.




- CAPB : Communauté d'agglomération du Pays Basque

- RNA : Région Nouvelle Aquitaine


Project Leader : Volker ROEBER

Volker Roeber is specialized in numerical modelling of coastal waves. He holds a PhD in ocean engineering from the University of Hawaii. He was an assistant professor at Tohoku University in Japan, where he worked on catastrophic wave events. He is also an affiliated researcher in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii.



On a frequent scale, large ocean swell waves result in coastal flooding, hazardous currents, infrastructure damage, and erosion. On the positive side, energetic waves can make a vital contribution to marine renewable energy (MRE) systems. To understand the hazards on one side and the potential for marine energy on the other, quantitative assessment is necessary. The chair will focus on the theoretical and numerical development of nearshore wave models with attention to high performance computing. We will improve accuracy and speed of numerical wave models to obtain a representative and complete description of coastal wave processes including generation, propagation, runup and impact on structures and for MRE extraction. This work is complemented by field and laboratory studies. In close collaboration with governmental and private agencies for coastal zone management in the Basque country, the chair will help find integrated solutions for mitigation of wave-driven coastal hazards and investigate local MRE applications.